Regional series part of action-packed night at storied speedway
LAS VEGAS – The Late Model Truck Series will be back in action this weekend with a 30-lap feature at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Top truck drivers from across the region will travel to the 3/8-mile paved oval in the Vegas desert for the second race of the season, which will be part of Blooming Memory Flowers Mother’s Night. Las Vegas’ Matt Jaskol won the season-opener ahead of two-time LMTS season champion Mark Allison at The Bullring on April 17 but will be running in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Darlington, S.C., this weekend, so the door will be open for a new 2021 winner.
“We had a great season-opening race at The Bullring in April, and we are excited about kicking off Mother’s Day weekend with a competitive 30-lap feature on Saturday night,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “Gary Wyatt and I, along with the other drivers, can’t wait to get back on the track, and we are looking for an action-packed 2021 season.”
Saturday’s racing also will include a pair of six-lap LMTS heat races before opening ceremonies, and drivers will have two practice sessions before spectator gates open at 5 p.m. PT. Feature races are set to begin at 7 p.m.
Riefler and Wyatt are working to finalize additional race dates for the upcoming weeks and months to go along with already established dates in September and November. The series ran seven events in 2019 and four in 2018, with Allison taking both season points titles.
The region’s truck racing lineage dates back to the Speed Truck Series that originated in 1997 under the American Speed Association (ASA). MechanixWear gloves and Go Fast! energy drinks sponsored the class throughout the years, and the trucks raced at up to 10 different tracks in California, Arizona and Nevada before the ASA disbanded in 2013.
The series trucks feature a full-tube chassis, a 330-horsepower sealed V-8 spec engine and two-speed direct-drive transmission, with a clutch pedal dump valve, coupled to an aluminum quick-change rear end. The trucks sport replica fiberglass bodies of the Chevrolet S-10, Chevrolet Colorado, Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma.